joi, 31 martie 2016

Aston Martin DB4 1962 - World Of Classic Cars -

Aston Martin DB4 1962

The Aston Martin DB4 was five years in development and shared little with the Mark III that preceded it. Its profile is instantly recognizable; to many connoisseurs, it is a perfectly proportioned automobile, and it set the style template for the famous DB5 and later DB6 models that followed. The Mark III’s tube frame was abandoned for a steel platform, designed by Harold Beach, while the bodywork was styled by Touring of Milan, using their vaunted Superleggera construction process, with hand-formed aluminum alloy panels over small-diameter steel tubing.
Aston Martin DB4 1962

Tadek Marek designed a new engine, said to be inspired by Jaguar’s DOHC XK engine, though cast from aluminum and more refined with prodigious torque. It was based on the DBR2 racing motor and was capable of propelling the DB4 to 141 mph, with four-wheel disc brakes to bring it down from speed. The prototype was taken to Brown’s farm for him to test in 1957, and, with typical understatement, he pronounced it “a very promising motor car.”
As the DB4 underwent numerous running changes throughout its five-year lifespan, the AMOC Register has separated DB4s into five series, which roughly correspond to the continuous running changes during production. To many, the most desirable was the Series IV. These were the last of the “original proportion” DB4s. They featured a new grille with seven vertical bars, and rear lights were recessed into the bodywork, while the car’s bonnet scoop was lowered, all features which survived through the DB5.
Aston Martin DB4 1962

Registered new in 1962 in Birmingham, England as 484 FOJ, this Aston Martin was finished in Aegean Sea Blue with White Gold Connolly leather interior. It was bought by the Dunnett family, who owned a respected bakeware company. Early maintenance records from Aston Service of Dorset extend to 1968, with a new clutch fitted at 56,195 miles. The second owner of record was Mr. Gee of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, after which the DB4 was believed to have been sold to Northern Europe and subsequently converted to left-hand drive.
Aston Martin DB4 1962

In 2006, Alex von Mozer of Sassenheim, The Netherlands, shipped the car to Autosport Designs in New York to have it serviced prior to sale to an American customer. The DB4 was then acquired by Michael Sanford of Montauk, New York, who acquired it in April of that year. He commissioned extensive improvements, including body and paintwork, wiring, steering and suspension, new brakes, and tires.
The current consignor purchased this DB4 from Mr. Sanford in July 2011, after ordering a detailed pre-purchase examination by Aston Martin restoration specialists Steel Wings, then of Hopewell, New Jersey. The report described the car as a good unrestored driver with a pleasantly patinated interior. The suspension had already been upgraded to a Steel Wings handling package, and the engine ran well, pulling strongly through the rpm range, with no hint of overheating under extreme conditions, while the gearbox shifted smoothly. Additional work was recommended and performed, including a complete overhaul of the braking system, replacing numerous engine and gearbox seals, and repairs to the clutch and exhaust. Recent maintenance by Aston Martin of New England, a factory-designated Heritage service facility, in September 2015 included a complete mechanical service to the tune of $1,600, and the car is ready to be enjoyed with gusto.